Manqoba Mngqithi: A Solution For Kaizer Chiefs?

Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach, Manqoba Mngqithi, might just be the solution for Kaizer Chiefs.

Here is the story: After Kaizer Chiefs lost to Lamontville Golden Arrows, a section of Amakhosi fans expressed their dissatisfaction with their coach, Arthur Zwane.

He had to be escorted by police just to be able to conduct his post match interview.

The Amakhosi faithful were heard chanting ‘Zwane must go!’ something that has long been coming due to poor results.

Zwane himself felt the supporters are justified to feel the way they do.

“It’s within their right to boo me…they are disappointed. I mean, they believe that we should have won this game and I also believe we should have wrapped it up in the first half. We let ourselves down and I understand their frustrations,” Zwane said.

Things are not going well at Naturena, and something needs to be done. Maybe some changes when it comes to the technical team are necessary.

The fact of the matter is: Kaizer Chiefs is a big club, and a big club needs a coach who can handle the pressure and the responsibilities that comes with leading such a giant institution.

Arthur Zwane might know the culture of the club, he might know about the pressure and the responsibilities, but maybe he doesn’t have broad enough shoulders to carry a club of Amakhosi’s magnitude as a head coach.

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On the other hand: Manqoba Mngqithi could be looking for a new challenge come the end of the season.

Being a third assistant at Mamelodi Sundowns is not a role that suits a coach of Manqoba’s experience.

Football coaches, by nature, thrive on good challenges, and Mngqithi cannot be any different.

Reviving the fortunes of a giant like Kaizer Chiefs is a challenge he might not refuse. Mngqithi knows South African football inside out; he understands the characteristics of our footballers and the demands of the supporters.

While at Mamelodi Sundowns, he has learned enough to be able to take charge of a big club and be successful on his own, without being under the shadow of another coach.

In a nutshell: Zwane is struggling, renewal process or whatever it is that Amakhosi are going through, things are going from bad to worse.

Manqoba Mngqithi might be the solution to Amakhosi’s troubles.

And the fans think: “I think so since Manqoba is a possessional coach who likes to have more ball possession, more like to dominate the game like winning duels, shots, etc.

“I don’t know about flair in his game but if we can add possession and flair to our game like during the late ted Dumitru’s times, also he learnt from Pitso and now Rhulani.

“He can be a good addition to the Amakhosi family. It’s a plus to have Manqoba since for the past seven years he was at sundowns playing CAF winning league titles, I mean your trebles so he will bring winning mentality to the boys plus he has experience,” said @Percy Ashaf.

“Nope! He will be too expensive and he is comfortable being in the background, rather than being a head coach,” @MS_Sharpeville.

But if we were to put finances and Manqoba’s preference for the background, would he make a good Chiefs coach? ThisisFootball.Africa asked @MS_Sharpeville.

“If only there can be a mind shift from management on how they do things. The problem at Chiefs is deeper than coaching.

“Chiefs have quality players, so he could do something with that team,” he replied.

Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach, Manqoba Mngqithi, might just be the solution for Kaizer Chiefs.
Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach, Manqoba Mngqithi, might just be the solution for Kaizer Chiefs.